ABOVE: Blaze Aid volunteer Ron, Neville Radecker, and Cheryl Ramke at the Blaze Aid volunteer farewell dinner in Murgon.
ABOVE: Blaze Aid volunteer Ron, Neville Radecker, and Cheryl Ramke at the Blaze Aid volunteer farewell dinner in Murgon. Contributed

PHOTO GALLERY: Blaze Aid thanked at community dinner

BLAZE AID workers have finished up in the South Burnett, with a farewell party to see them off.

Last Friday night, a dinner was held at the Murgon PCYC for the community to farewell the last of the BlazeAid volunteers before they head off to their next assignment.

Following the 2017 Boxing Day storms that ripped through a narrow corridor with such violent devastation, Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff enlisted the help of Blaze Aid to come and offer assistance to South Burnett farmers and residents to clean up their properties.

"We gave them four bottles of South Burnett red wine as a farewell gift because they love the local wine,” Cr Duff said.

"We also gave some flowers to our local co-ordinator working with them, Joan Adams, who's done a tremendous job handling all the food to feed the workers.”

Within a week of receiving Cr Duff's call, Blaze Aid had a small group of volunteers camped at Murgon's PCYC all ready and willing to help where needed.

Since then this small group grew to a total of 31 registered volunteers with an average age of 67 years.

This small army has worked on 36 farms, with only 10 registered properties yet to be finalised.

Blaze Aid has cleared over 40km of fences with a work value of $75,000.

"In the aftermath of storms such as this, people are often overwhelmed with just the sheer magnitude of work needed to be done and 'where do I start' is often the first thought that comes to mind,” Cr Duff said.

Jack Lawrie